The "Christ of the Abyss" sculpture at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea

Fifty-six feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, near the town of Portofino on the Italian Riviera, stands a life-sized sculpture of Jesus Christ, with arms outstretched toward Heaven in a posture of invocation.

The statue was the brainchild of Italian diver Duilio Marcante

The underwater sculpture of Jesus Christ owes its existence to the legendary Italian diver Duilio Marcante, who came up with the idea for the underwater statue while mourning the death of his colleague, Dario Gonzatti, one of the pioneers of SCUBA diving. Gonzatti who was killed during a dive at that spot in 1947.

San Fruttuoso on the Italian Riviera


"Christ of the Abyss" in Key Largo, Florida

Among the several copies of the "Christ of the Abyss" sculptures in existence, is the one that can be found off Key Largo, Florida, in the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  Cast from the same mold as the original sculpture by Galletti, the Florida version is also a popular destination for divers.

Another view of the sculpture in Key Largo